Teacher FAQ

What is Indiana Kids’ Election?
On Nov. 6, students across Indiana will elect their own U.S. senator, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor in a show of active citizenship through Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), an award-winning mock election program. Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education, IKE is based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration, but is more often done by habit.

In an effort to increase Indiana’s voter turnout, IKE provides students in grades K-12 with the hands-on experience of voting in a class or school-wide mock election – this year on Nov. 6. With this special emphasis on encouraging students to develop one’s voting habit at an early age, IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible. Students participate in voting milestones such as registering to vote and casting a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6 – just like their parents!

Under Indiana law, schools must give instruction on the election process two weeks prior to a general election for grades 6-12. IKE helps Indiana schools meet this requirement by providing comprehensive curriculum guides, free of charge, to participating schools. Note: The curriculum meets current state academic standards as approved by the Indiana Department of Education.

Indiana attorneys also have the unique opportunity to participate in this program by volunteering for the IKE Speakers’ Bureau, where attorney volunteers deliver classroom presentations about the election process, how to make informed choices about candidates and more. *For 2018, the Speakers’ Bureau is only open to grades 6-12. For presidential elections, the Speakers’ Bureau is open to grades K-12.

How do I participate in Indiana Kids’ Election?
To participate, click here to sign up. Teachers can sign up anytime leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. However, to participate in the full IKE program, you are encouraged to sign up on or before the voter registration deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Please note: To participate in the IKE Speakers’ Bureau, you must sign up by Sept. 30. If you sign up after Sept. 30 and would like a speaker, we will give our best effort to match you but cannot guarantee a match.

Who may participate in Indiana Kids’ Election?
IKE is open to public and private schools and home-school groups. All students in grades K-12 may participate.

Is there a charge to participate in Indiana Kids’ Election?
No. The 2018 Curriculum Guides are provided, free of charge, to participating schools. Teachers will also receive “I Voted” stickers in the mail for students on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018. *Note: We base the number of stickers on the number of students you enter when you sign up.

When must students register to vote?
IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible. Students should register to vote on or before Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, which is the same date that their parents must register to vote.

When is IKE Election Day?
IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible. We encourage that students vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Note: Many participating schools will also require students to have a school-issued photo ID (e.g., students can make their own photo ID; use their lunch card or some other school ID card) in order to cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day. For more about the Photo ID Law, click here.

How do I implement Indiana Kids’ Election at my school?
Participating in IKE has never been easier! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up online at http://inkidselection.com/teachers/teacher-signup-form/.
  2. Select a person/group (e.g., student council, PTO) at your school to serve as election liaison.
  3. Register all students to vote on or before Tuesday, Oct. 9.
  4. Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
  5. Submit your school’s results.

Teachers are also encouraged to access the comprehensive lesson plans, free of charge, at http://inkidselection.com/about-the-indiana-kids-election/curriculum-overview/. Note: The lesson plans meet current academic standards and were developed by a team of Indiana educators.

What is the Indiana law on school responsibility concerning elections?

IC 20-30-5-4
System of government; American history
 Sec. 4. (a) Each public school and nonpublic school shall provide within the two (2) weeks preceding a general election for all students in grades 6 through 12 five (5) full recitation periods of class discussion concerning:
 (1) the system of government in Indiana and in the United States;
 (2) methods of voting;
(3) party structures;
 (4) election laws; and
 (5) the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and in elections.
 (b) A student may not receive a high school diploma unless the student has completed a two (2) semester course in American history.
 (c) If a public school superintendent violates this section, the state superintendent shall receive and record reports of the violations. The general assembly may examine these reports.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.14.

How do I participate in the IKE Speakers’ Bureau?
When you sign up online at www.inkidselection.com, you will have the opportunity to choose whether or not you’d like an attorney to come present to your class. Once matched, the attorney will contact you to schedule the presentation on a date prior to Election Day (Nov. 6) that works best for the both of you. The approximate length of the presentation is one hour, but will depend on your schedule.

How do I get local media to cover my classroom presentation?
If you would like a press release about your presentation to be distributed to local media outlets, please contact Carissa Long, ISBA Director of Public Relations, at clong@inbar.org or 800.266.2581.

Who may I contact with Indiana Kids’ Election questions?
Carissa Long
Indiana State Bar Association
clong@inbar.org